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Threat response drills developed to focus equally on preventive risk assessments, reactive mitigations

In new approach to managing process safety risks related to well control, BHGE zeroes in on crew capability to recognize, respond to specific threat scenarios By Matthew Novia and Terrance Sookdeo, Baker Hughes, a GE Company Blowouts are the most catastrophic operational risk facing the upstream oil and gas industry, with potentially disastrous consequences to personnel, equipment and the environment. A single incident also can have severe long-term legal and financial ramifications. According to the SINTEF Offshore Blowout Database, 56% of all blowouts in the US Gulf of Mexico and North Sea between 1980 and 2014 occurred while drilling exploration or development wells. The remainder of the events – more than four of every 10 – happened during completion, workover, wireline, ...

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Better training and HSE, growth of student chapters among key IADC goals for 2019

By Kevin Neveu, 2019 IADC Chairman As a long-time member of the IADC, I am proud and honored to serve as the association’s Chairman for 2019. IADC has a long history of serving as the space where members of the drilling industry can come together to identify common problems and solve them in a way that promotes our long-term success. This year, I plan to continue this legacy with a focus on safety and training and enticing the next generation of drillers to join our industry. It’s well established that our industry is volatile and cyclical, but I have always believed that if you work hard and deliver results, you can be successful. My career, and that of so many ...

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Safety, rig equipment maintenance must go hand in hand

By Gus Caldera, Ingersoll Rand In oil and gas operations, safety should be of the utmost importance. Particularly in the onshore drilling market, activity levels can change rapidly. According to the Baker Hughes North America Rotary Rig Count, there were 520 land rigs operating in North America in March 2016. Today, that number has surpassed 1,100. The industry must ensure that its emphasis on safety grows as quickly as the number of working rigs. In the fast-paced North American land market, speed and efficiency are vitally important. However, a pure focus on speed could lead to incidents and downtime later that could impact operations much more significantly in the long run. Safe onshore rig practices go along with operational efficiency and ...

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Leadership, proper decision making essential to ensuring human performance in barrier management

Organizations must engage their employees and encourage open communication on all viewpoints to assess full risk picture By Tove Spjfeld and Rune Mesel, Odfjell Drilling Although every company says that their human resources are their most valuable asset, some do not always act according to this statement. This article highlights one area with potential for improvement. Barrier management involves managing, controlling and handling all aspects of health, safety and the environment via a systematic and continuous approach. It is easy to think of barriers as technical solutions to eliminate operational risks or minimize them to an acceptable level. Technical and operational barriers might be the easiest to implement. However, unless the personnel involved have a comprehensive understanding of why barriers are ...

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Lump-sum turnkey contracts align cost, risk on new technologies, allow faster deployment, field tests

Such a business model accelerates technology development and adoption by allowing the service company to select which technologies to use in wellbore By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Kyel Hodenfield is President of Integrated Drilling Services (IDS) for Schlumberger. What are the biggest challenges that you see for the global drilling industry? The total cost of drilling and safety of personnel continue to be the top two challenges as we aim to drill safe, compliant wells and lower the cost per foot drilled. For drilling costs, the industry has made several advances with super-spec AC/VFD rigs, rotary steerable tools, high-torque motors and 3D diamond element cutters. Nonetheless, depleted low-pressure zones still pose two technical challenges: drilling fluid losses and inconsistent-quality primary cement ...

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Rather than wait for contractual mandates, drilling contractors must seek innovation proactively

Efficiency gains will be speedier, more cost effective if drilling companies lead collaborative efforts with operators to develop performance-enhancing solutions By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher Leif Nelson is Chief Operational Officer and Senior VP for Seadrill. What do you see for the offshore drilling market in 2019? We still see the industry being very constrained and very conservative. The good news is we are starting to see some tendering activity, mostly for work starting in late 2019 through 2021 or 2022. We also see some operators trying to take long-term advantage of today’s pricing, which is another good indicator. However, I think the industry will continue to be very challenged for the next two to three years. There’s still too much ...

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Altus Intervention invests in smart simulation technology

Altus Intervention UK is investing in a new state-of-the-art training simulator to boost the safety and competency of its personnel in the field. The new MultiSIM portable well intervention simulator developed by advanced simulator manufacturer, Drilling Systems, will be installed at Altus Intervention’s UK facilities in Portlethen...

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Deep Casing Tools launches unique technology to market

Following a rigorous research and development program, Aberdeen-headquartered casing and completion technology business, Deep Casing Tools, has launched a completely new, unique tool to the well construction market. The mechanically lockable Drill Pipe Swivel has been developed, tested and brought to market by the firm’s in-house engineering team. Using their extensive industry knowledge and experience, the team have created a unique and innovative tool which addresses the challenges inherent in landing completions and liners at target depth. The patent pending tool has been robustly tested across a range of settings and circumstances. In addition to life and workshop testing, the Drill Pipe Swivel has also been tested in tension, under compression, and under a severe dogleg, and for extended periods of time. Throughout this process, the ...

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2018 IADC efforts in advocacy, training, safety all providing direct, positive impact

By Steven Brady, 2018 IADC Chairman It has been my honor to serve as your IADC Chairman in 2018. As Chairman, I have had the opportunity to talk with and meet a diverse slice of our membership. As we close out this year, I am thankful for those experiences. They showed me that, as an industry, we share the same goals of safety and efficiency. I began the year with a promise that our association would continue to focus on things that our industry has identified as key to our continued success – safety, environmental stewardship, technical resources and advocacy. It was an ambitious and lofty goal, as each of these areas is vast and technically difficult to achieve. Yet, through ...

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